Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review

Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: July 2018

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Welcome back to another Top 40 Review, where we look at some of the biggest songs in the US Hot 100. After some thinking and looking at the feedback from the last Top 40 Review, I made a decision to go forward with this new format because I like the way it looks, it saves me time, and some change needed to happen. To those who liked the old format, sorry. Anyways, let’s get started.

LINK TO BILLBOARD HOT 100 OF JULY 21, 2018

#40. Youngblood-5 Seconds Of Summer: Well, here’s a name I completely forgot about, 5 Seconds Of Summer. You know, that pop rock boy band who was famous for, like, one year. Well, they have put out a new album about a month ago and this is their new single Youngblood. This song is more pop than rock with the guitars being extra muted and put behind the track. The vocals aren’t that great and the writing is just another generic love song. This sounds like every modern pop song that’s out now and it’s not that good. I give it an F.

#38. Emotionless-Drake: So by this point, I’ve long accepted that Drake is just gonna release an overstuffed mediocre project every year and the public will consume it en masse because Drake is a brand by this point like Jordans or Yeezys. This year’s overstuffed mediocre project is the stingless double album Scorpion, which has 25 tracks in total. These projects seem to get longer every year. Anyways, Emotionless, a title that perfectly describes how I felt listening to the whole album. That Mariah Carey sample is pretty decent, but aside from that, it’s more of Aubrey being an asshole, being condescending to girls who use Instagram (with fanboys acting like it’s the deepest shit they’ve ever heard when anyone with a brain has heard this kind of statement a million times before), taking shots at Kanye for no reason, and saying this about his child:

I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world
I was hidin’ the world from my kid

bullshit
*presses*

I give this a D.

#37. Simple-Florida Georgia Line: Another month, another Florida Georgia Line song on the charts. This, we have Simple. I’ll give it this: it’s one of their better songs. The sound is much more folky and rootsy and it comes with whistles as well. The lyrics are kinda goofy as it’s about the simpler things in life. All and all, I don’t mind this, even if there are better country artists who do this sound better. I give it a C.

#35. Get Along-Kenny Chesney: Kenny Chesney is probably one of the more safer country artists out there since a lot of his songs are passable at best, but not memorable either. His latest single is Get Along and I think this kinda decent. It has a nice groove with the way the banjo and acoustic guitar play off each other and the writing, revolving on people getting along, isn’t bad, either, even if it is corny and predictable. I give it a low B.

#34. Moonlight-XXXTENTACION: Oh, boy. So a month ago, XXX was shot and killed in a robbery. All I gotta say is that setting aside his real life issues, it’s unfortunate that another young brother is gone from pointless street violence. I’m just gonna leave it at that and talk about Moonlight. The Academy Award-winning film that deals with themes of insecurity and masculinity and shows what it’s like to grow up in a community that doesn’t accept who you are because of who you love. What’s that? I’m supposed to talk about the song and not the movie? Fine. The beat sounds incredibly cheap and sloppy, the chorus is way too long, and the content is nothing but flexing, killing people, and XXX yearning about the girl who left. Yyyyyyyyeah, I don’t think I need to say anything else. This gets an F from me.

#33. I Like Me Better-Lauv: This is one of those songs that I forgot exists. This is I Like Me Better by Lauv. The production is kind of a mess with those guitars, snaps, and whatever that screeching noise is during the drop. It sounds like someone playing the violin poorly. Lauv isn’t that interesting of a singer. The writing isn’t that bad, though, with him feeling more confident in a relationship. Overall, the song isn’t bad, but it falls short and leaves a lot to be desired. I give it a D.

#30. APESHIT-The Carters: So Beyonce and Jay Z released a surprise collaboration album called Everything Is Love. It’s alright, but not as good as Lemonade or 4:44. The big hit from that album is APESHIT, which is basically a Migos song thanks to the Pharrell production and ad-libs from Quavo and Offset. Honestly, I would listen to this over most Migos songs because Beyonce is just having a ball, even if she is just flexing and her rapping isn’t that good. Jay Z was cool, even if it does feel like he’s cramming too many words at some point. Overall, APESHIT has problems, but I’m just drawn to its energy and production. I just like it. I give it a B.

#28. Mob Ties-Drake: Well, Mob Ties is one of the better songs from Scorpion, even if it’s just okay. I dig this beat even in spite of Drake’s weird vocal inflections and him taking more shots at Kanye while hiding behind J. Prince. It’s a passable track, which is better than what I would say about most of Scorpion. I give it a C.

#25. Love Lies-Khalid & Normani: This song has been on the charts for a good while and I’m glad I can finally comment on it because this is really damn good. This track is a collaboration between Khalid and Normani of Fifth Harmony fame and these two have really good chemistry. And I dig this rubbery midtempo R&B production. Love Lies is a good song. I give it an A.

#24. Tequila-Dan + Shay: So I’m not exactly a Dan + Shay fan. I don’t know, their brand of pop country doesn’t do it for me even though they are better than certain “country” artists. Anyways, this is their big hit Tequila and it’s alright. The production is alright with the piano and acoustic guitars, though I don’t know why they used drum machines for this song. The content is also okay, reminiscing on an old lover. This is not one of those songs that I’ll be revisiting anytime soon, it’s just okay. I give it a C.

#21. Don’t Matter To Me-Drake: Ladies and gentlemen, not only is this one of the worst cases of grave robbery, but it’s also one of the worst uses of Michael Jackson ever since that Xscape album. Setting aside the fact that it’s used for yet another concern trolling track, the way they mixed Michael’s vocals is just awful. It sounds less like Michael and more like The Weeknd doing a Michael impersonation. Isn’t Drake cool with The Weeknd? Couldn’t he get him on this song? The only reason this exists is so that Aubrey can say, “LOOK HOW GREAT I AM. I GOT A SONG WITH THE KING OF POP.” Ugh. The Jackson estate really needs to stop handing out these unreleased Paul Anka sessions like hot cakes because Michael deserves better than this. This is an easy F for me.

#18. Taste-Tyga ft Offset: You know, I thought the public in general has made it clear that we were gonna leave Tyga behind back in 2015 because of how much of a creep he is. Going by this song, apparently not. Here’s Taste. It’s more bragging and naming off brands with unimpressive rapping from both Tyga and Offset (the latter probably the only reason this song is even here in the first place). The beat is probably the best part of the song, but it does nothing to make this song good. It’s getting an F from me.

#11. Nonstop-Drake: Barebones trap production and more bragging makes up the track Nonstop and there’s nothing else to it. It’s just album filler. We keep having this same conversation every year, but this overexposure is gonna hurt Drake in the long run. He’s still gonna sell records, but he’s at a creative plateau and the fact that he’s putting out too many songs at a quicker rate is going to hurt whatever legacy he’s gonna leave behind. No one stays at the top forever. I give this a low D.

#1. In My Feelings-Drake: It’s only been a few weeks and I’m already tired of this damn song. And of course, it got boosted by a viral dance challenge. Goody. In My Feelings is a cheaply produced and mixed slog with too many chopped-up vocal samples to fill up time, an uncredited feature from Miami duo City Girls, and an audio clip from the TV show Atlanta for an outro. Meanwhile, Aubrey is being a creepy asshole while concern trolling a girl named Keke. Whoever this Keke is, I bet she hates his guts now because she’s gonna have random dudes sing this song to her and she might end up punching someone for it. I wouldn’t blame her because this shit blows. I give it an F.

BEST

Love Lies

HONORABLE MENTIONS

APESHIT, Get Along

WORST

Don’t Matter To Me

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

In My Feelings, Moonlight

And that was another Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review. Stay tuned next month when I do another. This week, a Target Practice on Break Up by Mario.

Peace!!

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13 thoughts on “Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 Review: July 2018

  1. Youngblood- Also forgot about 5 Seconds of Summer considering I hadn’t heard anything about them since 2015. Agree that Youngblood sounds like every other pop song out now but I can’t really get mad at it. It’s just meh to me.

    Emotionless- I’m also getting tired of Drake releasing these long super self-indulgent albums especially when the music is not gonna deliver. His albums have basically become his own vanity projects. I haven’t listened to Scorpion because I don’t want to subject myself to over an hour of the same song 25 times. The Mariah Carey sample is easily the best part of this song with Drake just being his boring, condescending self. And that child line was stupid

    Simple- it’s a fun song for summer campfire and road trip singalongs but I wouldn’t go out of my way to listen to it

    Get Along- meh

    Moonlight- As someone who never cared about XXXTENTACION’s music, his death, while tragic, still doesn’t make me look past all the awful actions he did in life. Moonlight feels very unstable with the production. It keeps changing every second and feels like there was a glitch in the production. I’ll easily pass on this.

    I Like Me Better- aside from that annoying violin drop, this song is just okay

    APESHIT- My sister’s been all over their album. JAY-Z is easily the best part of the song as it’s just him and Beyonce doing a generic trap banger. It does have energy but I can’t help but face palm and laugh when Beyonce raps.

    Mob Ties- it’s okay

    Love Lies- Really nice R&B duet

    Tequila- meh

    Don’t Matter To Me- I also don’t like it when artists and labels put out unreleased material by artists after their death. It’s just a way for them to make money off of their legacy and most of the songs are lesser cuts the artists didn’t think were good. There’s a reason MJ didn’t want to release the Paul Anka session songs and if he felt good about those songs then he would have released them at the time. Love Never Felt So Good may have also been grave robbery but at least it was a fun song so I could look past the issue even though I prefer the non JT version. This song though I won’t let slide for how boring it is and MJ’s voice being wasted on this.

    Taste- just another generic trap flex song with stupid punchlines and agree that Offset is pretty much the reason this song has charted this high

    Nonstop- boring

    In My Feelings- really messy and not deserving of the number one spot. Like I said before, I seriously hope Drake takes a long break from music after this year cause we can surely use it.

    I sent your 1960 list to another one of my aunts who is more older and grew up in the 60s. My aunt said she agrees with your opinions on the songs though she admits they were fun to sing along to.

    And here’s my best and worst lists I created for 2000
    Best Hit Songs of 2000
    1)The Real Slim Shady by Eminem
    2)Try Again by Aaliyah
    3)Never Let You Go by Third Eye Blind
    4)I Wanna Know by Joe
    5)Bent by Matchbox 20
    6)Forget About Dre ft. Eminem/
    The Next Episode ft. Snoop Dogg by Dr. Dre
    7)Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down
    8)Doesn’t Really Matter by Janet Jackson
    9)Maria Maria by Santana ft. The Product G&B
    10)Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC
    Honorable Mentions
    Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon
    What A Girl Wants/Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You) by Christina Aguilera
    You Sang To Me by Marc Anthony
    Country Grammar (Hot S**t) by Nelly
    That’s The Way It Is by Celine Dion
    Hot Boyz by Missy Elliot ft. Bad, Eve, and Q-Tip
    Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days
    All the Small Things by Blink 182
    Thank God I Found You by Mariah Carey ft. Joe and 98 Degrees
    Let’s Get Married by Jagged Edge
    Then the Morning Comes by Smash Mouth
    Desert Rose by Sting
    Big Pimpin by JAY-Z ft. UGK
    Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Shake Ya Ass by Mystikal
    Party Up by DMX
    The Best Day by George Strait
    Broadway by Goo Goo Dolls
    I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
    Independent Women, Pt. 1. by Destiny’s Child
    Waiting for Tonight by Jennifer Lopez

    Worst Hit Songs of 2000
    1)Music by Madonna
    2)Higher/With Arms Wide Open by Creed
    3)Only God Knows Why by Kid Rock
    4)Blue (Da Ba Dee) by Eiffel 65
    5)Thong Song by Sisqo
    6)Girl on TV by LFO
    7)I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden
    8)I Like It by Sammie
    9)Bounce with Me by Bow Wow
    10)Oops!…I Did It Again by Britney Spears
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Jumpin Jumpin by Destiny’s Child
    There You Go by P!nk
    I Try by Macy Gray
    Wifey by Next
    Wonderful by Everclear
    Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche) by 98 Degrees
    He Can’t Love U by Jagged Edge
    Faded by SoulDecision

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  2. I constantly forget about 5 Seconds Of Summer as well considering they were huge for like one year in 2014, but the thing is they never really stopped being relevant. The hits weren’t coming, but they still had enough of a fanbase to keep releasing music and now here they are back with their biggest hit since their peak year. It’s not good, it’s basically just a Muse song if it sucked. You know, I never really said my feeling about Drake here, so I’m gonna go out and say it. Drake is one of the most overrated artists and overrated rapper of all-time. His chart success does not match his talent level, which is simply good at best. I never found him to be a compelling or interesting rap artist, or a good singer, and his overall body of work has been very hit-and-miss. I also don’t consider him to be a top-tier rapper in terms of rapping ability or even all that versatile with his switching between being a singer and rapper. Also, he raps about the same topics for the most part, rarely switches it up and rarely gets lyrical. I do like some songs of his, but I am far from being a Drake fan, and if there was a choice where we didn’t have to listen to his music, I’d be among the first to sign up. This level of overexposure of Drake is very frustrating and annoying and his most recent albums have been nothing but subpar material. Scorpion was meh in conclusion and the only good songs being on Side A, while Side B mostly sucked except Nice For What and maybe a song or two. Drake isn’t talentless, but I am tired of people acting like he’s the best thing since slice bread, and Drake releasing the same shit over and over, not to mention releasing too much music with almost no break. This level of overexposure might hurt him in the long run and the hits will eventually stop coming someday. People will still see him as a legend, but to me, he’ll always be just an okay at best artist unless he actually releases something of substance that’s groundreaking and actually pushes some boundaries. Emotionless is just meh. I’d rather listen to Mariah’s song over this anyday. Maybe what Drake says about his kid might have some merit to it, but this song doesn’t make me care at all. Simple is one of Florida Georgia Line’s best songs, which isn’t saying much. Get Along is alright. Considering XXXTentacion was from Florida, which is where I live, his death hit home to me a bit, despite how his personal life was. The fact that he died very young was really unfortunate, especially considering he was actually making an effort to change his ways. Now I’ll defend Sad! despite its’ flaws, but Moonlight is very bad. I’m not supporting those lyrics. I like me better is one of those boring, middle-of-the-road pop songs by a no-name artists that by pure persistance and sounding very safe, kept clinging on the charts and is now in the top 40 because of course pop radio needed to fill its’ slot with something bland and uninteresting. Reminds me of that Lights Down Low song. What I’m saying is, I don’t like it, it sounds like a typical slow top 40 song and the drop doesn’t help. Not a fan of Apeshit or much of The Carters’ album, it doesn’t hit hard or connect with me as both Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent individual albums and I don’t really think anything they do from this point on will live up to those expectations. Apeshit is just another generic trap song to me, and I just don’t like it when Beyonce raps. She is just not a good rapper and I find it very annoying, stick to what you’re good at. The beat is alright and Jay-Z ain’t half bad, but I’m not feeling the song regardless of what the title says. Mob Ties is one of the better Drake songs from Scorpion. Love Lies is alright, but I’m not feeling this song as much as I did with Khalid’s previous singles, it’s still a solid song. Tequila is just a meh country song. I really hate it when modern acts and labels shits on an artist’s legacy by releasing unreleased material and acting like it’s new or in the newer artist’s case, making it their own. It’s disrespectful and there should be a rule against that. I gave Love Never Felt So Good a pass, but that was just one of the exceptions to the rule. That Drake song isn’t even close to being decent. And when not even the King Of Pop can make your song good, you know you done fucked up. I have no love for Tyga. He’s one of my least favorite modern day rappers, my least favorite Young Money rapper, a mediocre-at-best rapper, and worst of all a creep. The last thing anyone needed was for him to have hits again, and I think we have Offset to thank for that. The song blows, it’s just another dumb, empty strip club song. Nonstop is another boring-ass Drake song and yes, he should stop. I hate viral dance challenges, I never found them cool, creative or interesting in the least. I never found them impressive even when celebrities were doing them. Never found them charming, or like something that took much talent to do, heck the Mannequin Challenge took a whole lot more talent to do than any shitty dance craze because it requires effort to stay still for a whole video even for a few seconds. That’s why I groan every time I hear about a dance craze and when it impacts the charts. In My Feelings is a mediocre to below average song that is basically just there for the ladies to dance to at a club and eat that shit up. Otherwise, it has no other purpose to exist and I would probably say this is my least favorite of Drake 4 lead #1 hits. Even God’s Plan has grown on me, this is just generic club fodder that won’t be remembered. And I am sick of Drake clogging up the charts at this point, I’m really missing Kendrick Lamar. 2018 has been a mediocre to below average year so far and at this rate, the rest of the year might not be very promising, either.

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    1. In case you guys didn’t know, I think XXXTentacion was convicted over stuff from 2016, which was two years ago. Two years is a long time over where you can change, and XXX was trying to head towards the positive vibe. He started a charity program before his death and fed over 1000 underprivileged people under his program. His SAD music video isn’t great, but it shows how XXX was trying to form a new self, beating up his old self in the music video. If XXX lived to a ripe old age, he would probably be a well-liked and praised artist if he kept going this redemption route. His music isn’t so good though. XXX had good ideas, but it’s way too short and unformulated.

      Now Drake is overrated, but he’s far from trash. I find it disrespectful to see people just criticize Drake to oblivion just because he has 30 songs in the Hot 100. He’s not a legendary rapper or anything, but he has talent and clever songwriting (if he writes his own lyrics 😑) and he shows it through some of his songs. The problem is the majority of his songs are Drake just not trying, which greatly defects from his rapper status. Is Scorpion had like 2/3 of the tracks it has right now and left all of the filler out, Scorpion would be a much better album. Quality>Quanity.

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  3. Is it just me, or In My Feelings sounds a lot like Nice for What musically? You get the same vibe in the production, wacky samples, the same key and similar tempos, and similar deliveries from Drake (Nice for What has less singing though).

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      1. Nice For What likely a honorable mention for your 2018 best list? This track from Scorpion appears to be the one everyone agrees is the best.

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